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Why do you teach?

Chapter 1

The Calling

The teacher’s “calling” is that driving need that she has to embark on a course of action as her life's work and that deep-seated belief or acceptance that she has about the “rightness” of that course of action on which she has embarked. And, having embarked on this course of action, the teacher feels a sense of satisfaction in tackling the demands of this course of action, in spite of the challenges.

The course of action that she feels compelled to take, to teach, is her calling. It is from this calling that she hopes to achieve her livelihood.

The teacher believes that teaching is her calling, whether by choice or by circumstance. She knows that in spite of her motivation for entering the teaching profession, she has a responsibility to her students to, among other things, help in guiding them in becoming the kinds of citizens that society, through the policies of government or through its norms and mores, expects them to be. The teacher realises that this…
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Yes

Yes by JBF

Yes – the little word that heals or wounds

The fragile heart’s respite

From friends’ capricious masquerades

That cripple, that entice

Like sleep the weary eyelids shades

From the sun’s taxing rays

Yes, the word that accentuates

Our deepest joys and fears


Read other poems here.


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Is your job about your passion or about the money?

Are you following your passion or are you following the money?
Ah, your passion!
Some of you feel compelled to follow your passion. Your passion is that thing that you believe that you were born to do. It is that thing that gives you most joy in thinking about it and actually doing it. Your passion is what you believe to be your calling, your vocation in life.
Your passion gets expression, oftentimes, in the career paths that you choose for yourselves. Some of you have

I know everything

I know everything by JBF

It’s mine
I did it
I will do it.

I know everything

What I say is true
Don’t question it
Don’t dismiss it
I speak truth

I will rant if that’s what I’m doing
I will speak my truth

I speak for the oppressed
I speak for the stereotyped
I speak for the misunderstood
I speak for them

They are me
I am they

I will not be silenced
I will speak our truth
I will speak the truth
And you must listen.

Who is right? Who is wrong?

Have you ever been walking along the street or on the mall, minding your own business, when someone deliberately bumps into you then tries to convince you that you are at fault?
I am sure that we have all had experiences when another person tries to make us feel guilty for something that we have not done. These persons are aptly referred to as "Debbie Downers". As we continue to go through life, we are going to meet the "Downers" at least a few times.
We will meet them in our homes. We will meet them in our places of work. We will meet them in school. We will meet them at our places of worship. We will meet them in our recreational spaces. We will meet them on social media platforms. We will meet them everywhere we are and everywhere we go. They are our relatives. They are our friends. They are our neighbours. They are our colleagues. They are acquaintances. They are strangers. They are a combination of these people.

Understanding writing

Writing on the surface of it should be easy to do. You just need to capture in words an experience that has impacted you in some way or could have impacted you in some way and share that experience with an audience. However, it is not as easy as that. See how David Amerland's perspective on writing mirrors yours, or how his perspective differs from yours. Read more at Medium.

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5 tips to help your students improve their writing

The teacher faces the challenge of getting all of her students to write more than a few sentences when she sends them to write. Therefore, she welcomes any advice she gets to help her students to increase their writing output. What other strategies would you add to the those outlined below?

'Discuss the Composing Assignment in Class First
Instead of only giving the task, discuss the topic first. You would thus make sure all the pupils have understood what to write about perfectly. Plus, the pupils would already have the ideas that is why when they come home, they can start composing immediately. If you do not wish your kids to hire a(n) essay writer for students, you need to inspire them to do the essay writing themselves.'


Get the other tips here.

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The digital age is having a negative impact on children's writing

"The concern has been flagged by Sally Payne, who is the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation National Health Service Trust in the U.K. Payne reports on evidence this the digital age is leading to a reduction in certain motor skills in young children.
Payne makes her points in an interview with The Guardian. She states: "Children coming into school are being given a pencil but, increasingly, they are not able to hold it because they don't have the fundamental movement skills. To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers."

Read more at the Digital Journal.

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Stephen King's rules of writing

"There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” King’s discussion of opening lines is compelling because of his dual focus as an avid reader and a prodigious writer of fiction---he doesn’t lose sight of either perspective:
We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. To the person who’s actually boots-on-the-ground. Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway that fits us both."
Read more at openculture.com

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